Thursday, 2 October 2014

Hedgehogs

Today it's my turn to host the challenge over at Moving Along With The Times and I've chosen the theme of

"Hedgehogs"

Hope you all approve? I just thought there were so many lovely hedgehogs out there that they deserved to be grouped together in a challenge all of there own.  It also gives you scope to go Birthday or Christmas, or what ever you fancy.  So this should make it easy to join in... you'd think so!

My dilemma then became which to use!  Given a narrow theme, the decision is clear cut, give me choice and I stick!  In the end I made more than one card, and that's why my blog has been full of hedgehogs this week - and there's still more to come!

Today however, I've played it safe and gone PB.  Not the most seasonal of stamps I know but I bought it this year intending to use it over the Summer - I've only just got to it now.

I then decided not to use DP's, just card, embossing, punches and dies, the end result being;


Challenges;
Crafting When We Can - No Design Papers
7 Kids College Fund - Anything goes with ribbon or lace
Crafters Cafe - Punches & die cuts - Ms Border punch & sun die
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Crafting With Dragonflies - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - 3 Layers
Hobbybook Design Challenge - Include an Animal
Sisterhood of Crafters - Lots of Layers

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The Sky's The Limit!

Another card today - I'm on a roll!

And today I used a fabulous stamp from Little Claire, which I spied last week and oops - bought!

It's just so cute, and perfect for my nieces who love their trampoline!


Maybe for them, I'd do the card in more girly colours, but for now I wanted to use that blue/brown combo again as I loved it the other day! Papers are LOTV.

Challenges;
Cards4Guyz - No balls allowed! (Little guyz!) Jx

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

What Next???

So, you all know about Merlot, no real change with him at the moment, will speak to the specialist vet later today, but in the mean time...

I need to replace the windscreen in my car!  What a fright I got yesterday as a lorry passed and hurled something towards me, don't know what it was just heard the whack then saw the damage!  Good job it hit the corner otherwise my whole windscreen would have shattered!

So to put me in a better frame of mind, what better than a spot of card making.  This time using a Willow Sketchie Image from a couple of years back.  Such a cutie don't you think?



Challenges;
Sketch Saturday - Loved this weeks sketch!
Papertake - Oh How Cute
Passion for Promarkers - Autumn Colours
Fitztown - Tag & Digital Element - digi stamp
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Cutie Pies - 3 of something...3 hedgehogs & 3 squares

Winner at I Love Promarkers! Yipee!! Jx

Monday, 29 September 2014

Christmas is a Coming!

Think I read on Facebook the other night that Christmas was only 12 weeks away - it's probably less now so I must get a wriggle on with those cards!


This one uses a PB Hedgie from a few years back along with LOTV papers.  And talking of hedgies... guess what?  The mammoth task of cutting back our hedge is over for another year.  Colin was home last weekend and made a start on the side, and during the week I finished off the rest.  Hubs did the last bit as it was too high for me even with the platform, and surprisingly he said he had " the toughest thickest bit to do!"  goes without saying doesn't it!

Challenges;
PBSC - Blue/Brown & White
Winter Wonderland - Layer It Up
Christmas @ Sweet Stampin - Christmas Critters
CHCC - Make it Colourful
SSW2 - Sketch & Coffee Twist - (Latte coloured, mmm!)


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ryder Cup

With the Ryder Cup coming to a close this weekend, I thought a golf themed card would be appropriate,


It's made following the lovely sketch by Sketch n Stash, using old Basic Grey papers, an old PB stamp and a newer La La Land die.

Challenges;
Sketch n Stash - Sketch 147
Sweet Stampin - Just For Men
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes

My Guy!

It's been a few days since I last updated you on Merlot's progress.  Some of these have been good days, others not so.  But we made the desision yesterday to start letting him outside again as he was just so low being stuck in, and it has certainly had the desired effect, my guy is much happier now, the spring to his step has returned and so to has his purr!


On the down side though, the Aberdeen vet thinks he has a jaw fracture and wants to repair that which may involve taping his mouth shut for two weeks and him being tube fed, and the final blow was when they said they'd just remove his eye while they were at it!  ME THINKS NOT!

All of the above may eventually come to pass, but I do think Merlot has improved loads without surgical intervention and I'd like to see how far his recovery will reach before making drastic decisions...watch this space! Jx

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Update on Merlot

Well my little fella was back at the vet again today for another x-ray to try and work out why his jaw is out of line.  Nothing conclusive was found but his plates are to be sent away for a specialist opinion.  They do however think he has nerve damage around his eye area and this means his eye isn't opening fully.  On a brighter note, his eye is changing daily.  Still no sight, but it now moves and we have a feeling he senses movement on the left side now.  It's going to be a long haul for pusskins, but I am more positive again and I'm just so relieved he's still with us. Will post another pic of him tomorrow once he's fully woken from his anaesthetic - he's still a bit groggy just now, Jx

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Weight Watchers!

Quick post tonight, had to make this card for a friend, and have taken so long to do so!  Partly due to the stamp coming from the USA and partly cause I'm so busy just now... thought I was supposed to have more time once the boys moved out!


Challenges;
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 - Super sketch


As for Merlot, he's still not great, he's back at the vet tomorrow so I'll update this post tomorrow night, Jx

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Merlot

No card today, but instead a progress report on Merlot - yup that gorgeous kitten I showed you the other week beside the mouse.

Unfortunately he was badly injured on Wednesday and had to be rushed to the vet.  Still don't know if he was hit by a vehicle or attacked by an animal, but his injuries were extensive - to horrid to share.

Anyway he was in the vets till Fri and as he was managing to eat they let him home.  He has to go back this coming week to be assessed.

He has nasty facial injuries, a horrendous eye and a squint jaw.  He now goes about dribbling and with his tongue out so goodness knows what's wrong.  Hopefully as the swelling goes down some of the above will correct, just have to wait and see.  Our main concern however is his left eye, it is considerably calmer, but unfortunately he hasn't seen through it since the accident and it's not looking as it should.  Fingers crossed my little kitten makes a full recovery.  Rest is a great healer and he's getting plenty of that along with much love.
Jx